Sunday, 15 March 2009

Ramana Maharshi On Brahmacharya

Devotee:

Is naishthika brahmacharya (life-long celibacy) essential as a sadhana for Self-Realisation?

Bhagavan:

Realisation itself is naishthika brahmacharya. The vow is not brahmacharya. Life in Brahman is brahmacharya and it is not a forcible attempt at it.

To live and move in Brahman is real brahmacharya; continence, of course, is very helpful and indispensable to achieve that end. But so long as you identify yourself with the body, you could never escape sex-thought and distraction. It is only when you realise that you are formless Pure Awareness that sex-distinction disappears for good and that is brahmacharya, effortless and spontaneous.

Devotee:

It is said that kama (desire), krodha (anger), etc.. vanish in the presence of the Sadguru. Is it so?

Bhagavan:

It is correct. Kama and krodha must vanish before Self-Realisation.

Sources:
1) Talk 491
2) http://www.arunachala.org/newsletters/1991/?pg=sep-oct

Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya!

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